It’s a scary thought, but your kids could be standing there talking about getting drunk right in front of you…and you may not even know it.

To gain clarity on your child’s involvement with alcohol, it helps to know some of the more common slang currently being used on the street (and in the suburbs) to describe alcohol and the drinking “scene.”

Here are some of the more popular slang terms for alcohol and drinking:

Alcohol is also known as liquor, beer, cold, juice, sauce, wine, hard stuff.

beer bong: A device used to quickly drink beer through a hose or funnel (also known as a “Hose Monster”).

Lose consciousness: Memory loss experienced during a drunken period.

Blow (drink): Consuming a large amount of alcohol quickly (often as part of a drinking game).

Crunchy: To get high on alcohol and marijuana at the same time.

everclear: A dangerously potent drink with an alcohol level of 90%.

Hand grenade: A small bottle of pre-mixed sweet alcohol (often sold at convenience stores).

Hangover: A feeling of discomfort experienced the day after drinking alcohol.

Tip: A prolonged period of heavy drug or alcohol abuse.

Jelly shots: Gelatin products from the grocery store mixed with alcohol and usually served in an ice cube tray or small cups (also known as “zippers”).

Methyl alcohol: A highly dangerous form of alcohol found in household products such as antifreeze, fuel, and paint thinner (also known as “wood spirit”).

Pre-Game: Engaging in the consumption of alcohol before a party.

proof: A term that refers to the amount of alcohol found in various liquor products. The “proof” number equals twice the percentage of alcohol found in the product (for example: “90 proof everclear contains 45 percent alcohol).

Watermelon: A whole watermelon that has been injected with Everclear and served.

Think your child is too young for you to worry about terminology like this? Check the stats and then think again:

53.8% of 8th grade students have tried alcohol.

72.0% of 10th grade students have tried alcohol.

81.76% of 12th graders have tried alcohol.

Learn your children’s language and find out what they are doing when you are not around. Don’t let the “language barrier” or the generation gap stop you from turning them away from alcohol!

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